Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Origins GinZing | Moisturiser & Eye-Cream

Hello Lovelies, 

I have changed my skincare routine alot the past couple of months, and one of the main changes which I have been loving has been my moisturizer and eye-cream. Now I had been eying up (pardon the pun) this eye-cream for months before I actually bought it but once I got it I ended it up loving it so much that I had to get the moisturizer too! 

Origins GinZing Eye Cream
This had been on my wish list for months before I ended up buying it. I really don't know why it took me so long to order it but I am so glad I did. I always have had really dark circles under my eyes and no amount of sleep or any other eye cream will get rid of them. People always noticed them and commented on them so it was starting to get a little annoying because concealer couldn't even help at this stage so when I discovered the GinZing eye cream with its promises to brighten up under the eyes and reduce puffiness I had fallen in love without even trying it! It contains a tiny bit of shimmer so it instantly makes your under-eye area look brighter which is great for no make-up days but in the long run I have really found such an improvement with the discoloration under my eyes, the purple-ness has faded completely and I have actually got normal colored skin under my eyes for the first time in what feels like forever! It's ingredients include caffeine which is brilliant for reducing puffiness under the eyes. It is really lightweight and sinks in instantly so if you want to put make up on over it you don't have to wait around for it to dry. It really is a fantastic brightening eye-cream and if you have similar issues with your eye area I would definitely recommend you give this a go! 

Origins GinZing Moisturizer
This was something I knew I had to try after using and loving the eye-cream. I had read reviews about this before and the one thing that did put me off was the fact that it smelt of oranges. But when I seen it in store and give it a sniff the smell wasn't too bad and I knew I would be able to deal with it especially if it gave me results as good as the eye cream did! This is an extremely lightweight moisturizer which I actually like because I find alot of moisturizers are really heavy on my skin and don't sink in properly. It is described as an "energy-boosting moisturizer" and I would definitely agree. After a few weeks of using this both morning and night my skin has become so much brighter and healthy looking. I am so glad I didn't let the smell of this put me off because once you apply it you really can't smell it and for the effect it gives it is definitely worth it! 

These were actually the first products I have bought from Origins and since trying these I am a firm fan of the brand! I also have been using the Super Spot Remover which is just amazing! If you have any other recommendations from Origins, please let me know because I really want to try some other things but I just don't know where to begin!

Monday, 14 April 2014

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

 Hello Lovelies! 
If you read my previous posts you'll know I recently purchased the NARS Sheer Glow foundation on a recent trip to Dublin. Now that was a purchase I was planning for awhile but while I was at the counter I made a bold impulse buy. It wasn't my fault I swear! But it just looked so nice when the girl applied it to me and I had heard such amazing reviews I really really wanted I bought it...oops. 
The product in question is of course the much raved about NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (what a mouthful) and I got mine in Light 1 Chantilly which shockingly is the lightest shade they do. I did go a shade lighter because I did want this to be brightening for under my eyes and the shade works brilliantly for this and for blemishes. There are an impressive 10 shades in the range so they really did try and have one to suit everyone. The packaging is the exact same as the "Larger than Life" lipglosses with the usual matte black lid which can tend to get a little grubby after awhile- babywipes at the ready!
 My first impressions of this concealer was that it was very similar to the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer which I loved for a long time but evenutally had to stop using because it was just starting to look too heavy and cakey on my skin. This concealer on the other hand has brilliant coverage, from dark circles to horrible red blemishes it covers it all while still feeling and looking light on the skin. The formula of this concealer is exactly what the title says- creamy. Under the eyes it feels lovely and moisturising and doesn't settle into those pesky lines, it is also brightening without being shimmery which is great as you can use it for both under the eyes and on blemishes. 
On blemishes it never looks cakey or like there is too much on. One thing I've learnt with this concealer is that little goes a long way, it is amazingly pigmented that you only need a tiny amount to start off with and if needed it is very easy to build up. I apply two dots under each eye and blend and if I have any blemishes one dot of the concealer and they are hidden away from the world! It is amazingly blendable and once it sets it does not budge! 
I am so glad I did buy this concealer, it really is a brilliant all rounder! You can buy it online here. Have you tried this concealer? What are your thoughts on it?

Friday, 11 April 2014

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +

Hello Lovelies,

You all have probably heard about the original Effaclar Duo, it took the beauty community by storm nearly two years ago - and not being one to let a band wagon pass me by I hopped on and absolutely loved it! It made such a difference to the way my skin looked and the texture of it. All the little under the skin bumps disappeared and it helped speed up recovery time of any blemishes that might appear. Sounds like holy grail material doesn't it?

This year La Roche Posay upped their game and released the Effaclar Duo + which is the same basic product so it still helps fight blemishes both on the surface of the skin and underneath and helps reduce any redness also, but this new product also has the additional features (is that the right word to use?) which helps reduce any redness or scarring that may appear after the spot has gone. I have always suffered with discoloration after a spot, I could have a red mark where a spot has been for weeks after the spot has disappeared which is as much of a pain as having the actual spot! 

I found the Effaclar Duo + to have a slightly thicker consistency to the original which was quite watery. Since starting to use this at the beginning of March I have seen such an improvement. I moved straight onto this one from the original so my skin was still smooth and breakouts were limited, but I did notice the scarring and redness that was present on my skin at the time started to fade a lot quicker than it normally would. I mentioned before that my skin went a bit mad in March and I was really dreading how long it would take for it to get back to normal, once I sorted out the dryness this helped with the blemishes and redness. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better! La Roche Posay are so sure of their product (and who could blame them?!) that they are actually running a money back guarantee if you don't see a difference in your skin! I would definitely recommend you give this a go, whether you have tried the original or are new to the whole Effaclar Duo scene, it's definitely worth trying - plus you'll get your money back if you don't like it! 

What are your thoughts on the new Effaclar Duo +? Available to buy online here!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Benefit's Gimme Brow

Hello Lovelies!

I'm sure you are all sick of hearing about this product from everyone but I couldn't not give my two cents about it. After hearing all the reviews I knew it was something I wanted to try eventually but I didn't go out and buy it straight away. But then my mum of all people arrived home with it absolutely delighted with her purchase and of course I had to test it out! Now my mum wasn't blessed with the best of eyebrows. She has one full one and then the other kind of fades away halfway through. The lovely girl at Benefit applied the lighter shade for her and she actually had eyebrows ladies and gentlemen! It was amazing. I couldn't get over how natural they looked when she came home with her new eyebrows and her new purchase.

The shade that she picked up was the Light/Medium which I think will suit most skin-tones and hair colour. I actually swatched the darker shade when it first came out and I know I wouldn't get away with it. So when I tried out my mums one the first thing I noticed was the size of the brush. It was absolutely teeny! Extremely similar to the Clinique Bottom Lash mascara brush, seriously small which is brilliant for detail and definition compared to the brush of the Maybelline Brow Drama which I had been using up until I started using this. The colour itself is a very ashy brown - perfect for blonds right up to medium brunettes. It is very similar to MAC's Omega only in liquid form.

The main idea behind the Gimme Brow is that it has mini lash-like fibres in it so when it adheres to the eyebrows it instantly creates a more natural fuller brow. Now I am all about the nice thick eyebrows but I still want them to look as natural as possible. When I first used this I used the tip of the wand to almost draw through the areas where I wanted more shape and definition. The colour is a perfect match for my brows so it really does give a more natural shape to them. Once I have filled in using the tip I run the brush through my brows to hold them in place. The hold that this product gives is amazing. Your brows will not go anywhere all day, it's like hairspray for the eyebrows, amazing!

I ended up loving the result it gave me I went out a couple of days later and bought one for myself and have been using it everyday since! I just use it on its own for everyday - work etc. but if I am going out and want a more dramatic look I apply my Soap & Glory Brow Arch pencil first and then put this on top - match made in heaven!

I would thoroughly recommend this especially after seeing the difference it has made to my mums brows, it really is amazing! It is available from Benefit Counters and online here.

Friday, 4 April 2014

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Hello Lovelies!

In my last months favourites I said how much I have been loving the new foundation in my life, and I wasn't going to bother doing a post about my Sheer Glow foundation but honestly...I love it too much not to tell you about it. Now you all know I love my higher-end foundations, Chanel, YSL, Clarins etc but they are all on the lighter coverage side. So I decided to go on a foundation hunt for a heavier coverage foundation that still looked nice and natural so I could use it for nights out. It was between this and the Gorgeio Armani Luminous Silk but NARS won out in the end. It was literally love at first application, the lovely girl at the counter matched me up to Monte Blanc which after being on the Findation website I knew was going to be a good match for me. As soon as she put it on my skin looked flawless- please note that this was halfway through a very sweaty shopping day in Dublin so my make-up was definitely looking worse for wear at that stage. It felt amazingly light on my skin but still covered my red cheeks that I had at the time. I had purchased in a matter of minutes.

I have literally used this everyday since getting it, and at €40 a bottle I probably should go easy on it but I just can't get enough. I am in love with the way it makes my skin look! It glides on and leaves the most flawless finish to the skin. I would say it is medium coverage but I can build it up if needed in places for a more full coverage. It is amazingly longlasting, in terms of wear the only foundation I could compare it to that I've tried is Revlon's Photoready which is the only other foundation that literally does not budge when I wear it. It leaves a very natural look to the skin, it is not too matte or two dewy. I would call it a "Satin" finish which literally looks like your own skin, so it looks lovely and natural for daytime and as I said before it can be built up for a more flawless look for nights out. On an everyday basis I would use 2 and a half pumps on the back of my hand and buff it into my skin using my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and then set it using my Bourjois Healthy Balance powder.

The packaging feels lovely and luxurious, a gorgeous glass bottle with the Nars logo down the side and a matte black lid. The only problem that I would have with this foundation is that it doesn't come with a pump which you have to buy seperately which is a major pain considering it is €40 for the foundation you would think it would come with a pump! I did buy the pump because I couldn't be bothered messing around with pouring it on the back of my hand, because that just never ends well! When you have the pump on it though the lid doesn't fit on top so you have to be careful if you are carrying it around in your makeup bag everyday!

Overall I really do adore this foundation, I am so happy with the finish and the coverage it gives. If you are considering giving this foundation a go I really recommend you do! I just can't get enough of it. It is available online to buy here or at any NARS counter.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

What's in my Handbag | Date Night Edition

Hello Lovelies!

So the other night myself and my boyfriend decided to treat ourselves and go out for a meal and drinks for no particular reason. Of course I took this as an excuse to get all dressed up and make up done all nicely (probably a little OTT for a Chinese but I don't get out much haha!) So I was going to do the usual OOTD post but I decided to change it up abit and show you what I carried in my handbag on the night!

So the bag of choice on the night was my beloved Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac with rose gold hardware. I never thought I would love a bag as much as I love this one. I have been using it everyday since I got it and even though its a smaller bag, I can still fit all of my essentials in it! So starting off with the obvious I carry around my iPhone everywhere I go, honestly at this stage it's like another limb and I feel genuinely lost without it! I love the phone case I have on it at the moment which is from MrNutCase it has pictures of myself and my friends on it and it always cheers me up when I look at it. Next is my card holder. Since getting this bag I've taken out my massive Guess wallet and got this lovely card holder from Debenhams, and I normally carry around a little coin purse from Penneys/Primark but I took this out for that night. 

I didn't bring out a whole pile of make-up with me other than my lipstick of choice which was YSL's Peach Passion- I love this lipstick so much, and Bourjois's Healthy Balance powder which is amazing and it has a nice big mirror too! I brought my No.7 kabuki brush to use with it. I brought my little travello rip-off that I got off eBay for about €5 and it has Just Cavalli in it which is my perfume of choice lately! And finally I have some Smints..pretty self explainatory! 

So that is what I brought out with me on Saturday night, what are your "going-out" handbag essentials? 

Monday, 31 March 2014

March Beauty Favourites

Hello Lovelies!

I can not believe we are at the end of March already! I am so happy the clocks have changed so we have that extra bit of light in the evenings...I'm sure bloggers everywhere can relate! So since it is the last day of the month I thought I would share (as usual) the products I have been loving throughout the month! I do have a lot of new products that I have discovered this month because it was my birthday in March and of course there was a little bit of shopping done.

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
This is much loved foundation throughout the beauty community and I finally bit the bullet and gave into the hype. I bought it when I was up in Dublin at the beginning of this month and have been using it everyday since!I am planning on dedicating an entire blog post about how I feel about this foundation but I will just say I like it. Very very much. It gives amazing coverage without feeling heavy on the skin, it brightens and gives you that "glow" that everyone seems to want. The only thing I would say is that it can tend to cling a little bit to dry skin so just be wary of that if you want to give it a go! I am in the shade Mont Blanc, but I'm planning on getting a shade or two darker for when I'm wearing a bit of tan(which is most of the time!)

Nails Inc Porchester Square
I have previously expressed my love for the Nails Inc Gel Effect polish in Kensington High Street here, so I thought I would put Porchester Square in this post to show the love to both. I have actually been going between Porchester Square and Kensington High Street this month. The shine from these polishes is amazing and I have been asked so many times if I have Shellac on my nails while wearing them. They last for ages on my nails and I love both colours equally!

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lipbalm
I eventually caved and bought this lipbalm, not only in pot form but in stick form too - so it's a good thing I actually like it because it's not the cheapest! Since starting to use this my lips have been in amazing condition! It's a brilliant lipbalm to apply before lipstick too as it's matte and it helps lipstick glide on and look amazing! Again I have raved about this here so I won't go on too much!

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter
I can't remember if I have included this in a monthly favourites before but I have been using this so much this month. Because I was away from home a lot I wanted everything to be as compact as possible, so I pulled this from my drawers and have been loving it! I'm not sure if it is limited edition because I thought I heard a rumour it was ages ago but they are still available on the No.7 counter so hopefully that was just a nasty false rumour! Since it is in stick form it is so handy for carrying around and super quick to apply! It gives the nicest glow to your skin, it's not at all glittery. I use this in all the usual spots, tops of my cheekbones, cupids bow and eyebrow bone and if I want to add a bit more to it for nights out etc. I pop a bit of my Nars Copacabana on top!

MAC Pure Zen
I bought this at the start of the month and it has been my go to nude lip since. You all know I love a more neutral lip and am a big fan of the Hues and Shy Girls of the lipstick world so when I seen this I knew it had to be mine. I described it in my post about it as the baby sister of Shy Girl. It is a lovely milky peach shade and I have been wearing this with a small bit of the Bourjois cream blush in Nude Velvet 01 on my cheeks.

Origins Super Spot Remover 
While I was up in Dublin I went a little mad at the Origins counter. I am quickly becoming very obsessed with this brand and so far everything I've tried from them I've absolutely loved! So when I was in Dublin my skin was still going through that rough patch I told you about before (dryness, flakiness, breakouts galore!) so I decided to give this a go, I had heard such amazing things about it but at €18.50 for a tiny 10ml bottle I kept putting it off. I am sorry I didn't buy this earlier because it is just a miracle worker! First of all it will last you for ages because you really do need the tiniest amount at any time so 10ml's is plenty, second of all it will literally get rid of spots overnight! Those big nasty under the skin spots had my heart broke for a week or so before buying this but as soon as I popped it on the redness had gone down, the soreness went and within a day the spots had disappeared. I can not say enough good things about this product and if you suffer from nasty breakouts I definitely recommend you give this a go!

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac - Black with Rose Gold Hardware
And last but certainly not least is the new love of my life. Becky (yes I have nicknamed her..don't judge) was a Birthday present and we have grown very fond of each other. I have been lusting after a Rebecca Minkoff for what seems like forever but I could never make the commitment on what colour/style I wanted. When I seen the Mini Mac in Black with the Rose Gold Hardware I knew I had to have it. I bought mine off the actual Rebecca Minkoff website and received fantastic service, it arrived in a week, beautifully wrapped. Even though it is smaller than the bags I would usually carry I have been loving not carrying round the kitchen sink with me and my shoulders are definitely thanking me for it.

So those are my favourites for the month of March. I can definitely say my most favourite "favourite" this month has been my new handbag, I am mad to do another "What's in my Bag" post to show you all how much I've managed to downsized since getting the smaller bag but I don't know if it's too soon after my last one? Let me know if you wouldn't mind seeing it and I'll definitely do one!